New York, NY : Distributed by Winstar TV & Video, ©1999.
"An American masters special."
"An American masters production"--Container.
Originally released as a television program in the series American masters in 1997.
Special features: Interactive menus ; scene access ; list of Famous Vaudevillians ; Vaudeville playscript excerpt.
Senior producer, Tamar Hacker ; executive producers for KCTS, Gary Gibson ; executive producer, Susan Lacy ; director of photography, Valerie Vozza ; editors, Drew Keller, Greg Day ; original music score, David Duvall.
Narrator, Ben Vereen.
"Before television, before radio, even before silent movies, the most dominant form of popular entertainment in America was vaudeville -- a traveling circuit of variety shows in which performers sang, danced, juggled, joked and did just about anything they could to amuse their audiences. American Masters pays tribute to this unique theatrical genre with the presentation of more than eighty original acts, including rare performances by George Burns & Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Bert Lahr and many others. Narrated by renowned stage star Ben Vereen, Vaudeville explores the intriguing history of this stage entertainment and its impact on contemporary media such as film, television and the modern stage."--Back of container.
Includes snippets of performances from various acts including: George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Bert Lahr, Weber & Fields, Joe Doris, Babe Ruth, Joe Frisco, Al Jolson, Eddie Peabody, Nicholas Brothers, Fuzzy Knight, Jimmy Durante, Fanny Brice, Carson Robinson, Duncan Sisters, Moms Mabley, Ethel Waters, Rudy Vallee, Ruth Etting, Jack Benny, Ginger Rogers, Thelma White.
MPAA rating: Not rated.